In 2017, the CLPNM began requesting criminal record checks, child abuse registry checks, and adult abuse registry checks from its registrants, as part of its annual registration renewal requirements. These three checks are referred to collectively as “suitability checks” because they help the CLPNM determine if its registrants are suitable for ongoing practise as members of the profession.
Each year, approximately 20% of Manitoba’s LPNs will required to submit the three suitability checks to be eligible to renew their registration for the following year. All LPNs can expect that they will be required to submit suitability checks at least once within a five-year cycle.
Suitability Check Results for 2018
In January, 2018, 700 licensed practical nurses (LPN) were selected for this process. After accounting for LPNs who left the CLPNM register for a variety of reasons, 675 LPNs were ultimately required to submit suitability checks. As of December 1, 2018, four LPNs had yet to submit their suitability checks and therefore, were not eligible for renewal.
None of the individuals selected for the process this past year were found to have an adult or child abuse registry record. However, the process identified nine LPNs registered with the CLPNM who had a positive criminal record or charge. Only two of the nine LPNs had previously disclosed their offence to the CLPNM. Based on the initial results of the suitability checks, all nine LPNs were directed to undergo a registration assessment. Two LPNs did not participate in the process as directed, and as a result, were not eligible to renew their registration for 2019.
Based on the outcomes of the remaining seven registration assessments, four LPNs were referred to the CLPNM’s Board of Directors. Under section 14(2) of The Licensed Practical Nurses Act, the Board’s role includes considering whether it is in the public interest for an LPN, with a criminal record, to remain authorized to practise. In these four cases, the offences occurred many years ago and evidence was received that demonstrated that the LPN had taken positive steps to rehabilitate and address his/her prior behaviours. Ultimately, it was determined that the LPNs’ prior conduct did not pose a serious or immediate risk to the public today.
Of the remaining three registration assessments conducted, involvement by the CLPNM’s Board of Directors was not deemed necessary. The Executive Director assessed the files and for reasons similar to those listed above, determined that there was no current risk to the public. All seven were ultimately authorized to renew their registration for 2019.
Based on the above noted information, it is clear that the vast majority of LPNs are ethical practitioners and are honest in their self-disclosures to the CLPNM. The CLPNM appreciates the participation of its registrants in this ongoing, routine process, as it assists us in meeting our legislated duty to govern the profession in the best interest of the public and contributes to the public’s trust and confidence in the profession.